The Time Mary Berry Was Held Up at the Airport After Security Mistook Her Flour for Cocaine
As a former judge of BBC One’s “The Great British Bake Off” and a food writer, 83-year-old Mary Berry has spent plenty of time around flour and sugar, but none as exciting as the time she got stopped at the airport.
Chatting with Graham Norton on his program, “The Graham Norton Show,” Berry revealed that years ago she was traveling with some loose flour in a clear plastic bag (as you do) when it was apparently mistaken for cocaine.
“I was going to the U.S. to do some cookery demonstrations and was worried that there might be problems,” Berry explained in the program. “So I weighed out all the ingredients — flour, sugar — and put them all in little plastic bags.”
The moment she arrived the airport, Berry said sniffer dogs made their way straight to her. “Suddenly I was surrounded by uninformed people and my assistant and I were put in separate cells,” she told Norton.
While Berry said the incident was “alarming,” she managed to use her humor even in times of stress. “When I was asked if I was going to make money from the stuff, I said, ‘I do and my fee has already been agreed,’” she said.
Berry appeared on “The Graham Norton Show” to discuss her new BBC One show, “Britain’s Best Home Cook.” The episode airs Friday, April 20, on BBC One.